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making news in america this morning. >> it will be another day of heartbreaking farewells in newtown, connecticut, as four more families prepare to lay to rest their little ones. plus, a mixed message. friday's massacre prompts calls for swift action on gun control. but sales of guns are surging. the wind, the snow, sure signs of the season. a snowstorm is moving across the country, right in time for the holidays. we'll show you where it will hit. and sweet success. a little girl takes on a big company, cracking the glass ceiling for future generations. but it's not who you think. it was all for her little brother.
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and a good tuesday morning, everyone. a ritual returns for thousands of older students in newtown. they're going back to school today. but those who attended sandy hook elementary are still waiting for their new classrooms. >> and this long line of funerals. very sad days. it continues later today. tahman bradley joins us this morning from newtown. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. it is remarkable to see this community this morning. the signs of remembrance are everywhere. people are paying their respects at memorials and funerals. newtown is performing a grim task. parents are doing what they shouldn't have to. 6-year-old noah pozner was eulogized as a boy who liked animals, video games and mexican food. at his funeral, an onlooker collapsed. inside the funeral, his mother
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moved everyone to tears with her stories. >> i love you. and it matters that i loved you. >> reporter: another funeral, for jack pinto, also 6. >> it's sad. heavy heart. >> reporter: there's so much pain for all close to friday's shooting. connecticut governor dan malloy wiped away tears remembering the moment he told parents their children had died. now, he will attend so many funerals. >> you see little coffins and your heart has to ache. >> reporter: new information of adam lanza, paints a picture of a young man that seemed to be unraveling. for years, her mother, nancy, shared her struggles of adam's behavioral and emotional problems with owners of this bar and restaurant. and nancy told them in the last few months, adam was so troubled, he would not leave the house. >> she homeschooled him and everything. i knew he was on medication. but that's all i know. >> reporter: a former babysitter says he was told by nancy to never leave adam alone. >> never go to the bathroom or
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turn your back on him at any times. >> reporter: friends say nancy took her son to local firing ranges and introduced him to the world of high-powered guns. this friday, the governor of connecticut is calling for a moment of silence and for churches to ring bells at the exact moment of last week's shooting. rob and paula? >> an appropriate tribute, for sure. tahman, we know students in other schools, they will get back to class later today. but what, specifically, about the sandy hook elementary students? >> reporter: that's exactly right, rob. the students will return to class. but with police and grief counselors. sandy hook elementary school, they're working on a nearby school to get ready for them. it will be chalk hill school. the school hasn't had students for a few years. they're moving desks and other things from sandy hook to get the new school ready. they started to work on it yesterday. and they hope to have it prepared soon. >> all right. tahman bradley live in newtown,
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connecticut, this morning. thank you for that report, tahman. on top of that, we are learning more about adam lanza's parents and their troubles. according to a source close to peter lanza, the boy's father moved out of the house in april of 2001. peter and adam lanza spent most of their weekends together until 2010. that year was the last time adam lanza saw either his father or his brother, ryan. those who knew adam say he had behavioral issues, needed constant supervision and didn't respond to physical or emotional pain. >> if he had cut himself or hurt himself, he would not know it or feel it. so, we were being very, very careful with him. >> police are still having trouble finding a motive in all of this. a computer taken from adam lanza's home in newtown was badly damaged. investigates say they found, quote, significant evidence in that house that lanza shared
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with his mother before killing her. in light of the tragedy, americans are talking once again about gun control. a new abc news poll found that 54% of americans favor stricter gun control laws. and more than half say the shooting reflects broader problems in our society, not just one troubled person. one leading democratic senator says, this may be the tipping point. but another lawmaker says, more guns are the answer. >> i don't know anyone in the sporting or hunting arena that goes out with an assault rifle. i don't know anyone that needs 30 rounds and a clip to go hunting. >> takes him out before he can kill those precious kids. and texas governor, rick perry, says he supports arming teachers if that's what it takes to keep students safe. we learned overnight that the major retailer, dick's sporting goods, has stopped sales of some rifles and pulled guns from its store near newtown. but many gun stores, including this one in indiana, are reporting a big increase in the
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sale of and guns, semiautomatic weapons, as well as ammunition. some customers are buyinguns in case new anti-gun laws go into effect down the road. another major headline we are covering this morning, new progress in talks to avoid the fiscal cliff. but major differences do remain. under new concessions made by the white house, the bush tax cuts would be extended for anybody earning under $400,000 a year. the offer includes $1.22 trillion in spending cuts. but top republicans warned late last night that there is no agreement on substantial issues. if a deal isn't reached, tax increases and spending cuts begin two weeks from today. daniel inouye, war hero and long-time senator is being remembered from washington to his home state of hawaii. inouye was a world war ii medal of honor winner. he became the first japanese-american in congress. and served 50 years in the u.s.
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senate. daniel inouye died yesterday of breathing problems. he was 88 years old. and secretary of state hillary clinton is said to be feeling a little more like herself after suffering a concussion last week. two teams of doctors checked her out. even putting her on an i.v. drip for a short time. aides say she is frustrated and wants to return to work. she will be unable to testify at the congressional hearings on benghazi this week. but she may do so down the road. and the pacific northwest is recovering from the strongest storm of the season, complete with blinding snow, drenching rain and damaging winds. 80-mile-per-hour winds toppled a huge tree that crashed into a home in western washington, narrowly missing a baby in his crib. fortunately, that child was uninjured. and that storm buried cities like yakima under five inches of snow. higher elevations got up to two feet. and thousands of folks lost
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power. they get a slight break in the weather. but a new storm is moving in tomorrow. and that storm could dump another foot of snow. >> winter just days away, officially. it is time, now, for the rest of the weather from across this nation. rain and light snow from seattle to portland. windy with rain in southern california. but the heavy snow, bringing up to ten inches to salt lake city. winter storm watches from denver to green bay. rain tapering off from d.c to new york. and snowshowers in northern new england. >> mostly 40s in the northeast and midwest. 70s from dallas to new orleans. just 20s in salt lake city and in fargo. and still to come, some changes for a popular facebook app that are causing concern. also, want to tell you how you or your child could end up in an advertisement without even giving your permission. also ahead, a little girl who cooked up some big progress. while her quest to help her little brother sparked a new look for an iconic toy
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and welcome back, everybody. drivers are finding a little christmas present at the gas station. prices are down 9 cents a gallon, just in the past week. the national average for a gallon of self-serve regular is about $3.25 a gallon. that's the lowest price in a year. and the first time this year the prices are below $4 a gallon in all 50 states. also down this morning are shares in companies that make guns. investors are worried about tougher restrictions on sales in the wake of that connecticut school shooting. assault rifles in particular have been a big growth area for the industry. but many of the most famous firearms brands like bushmaster,
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winchester, colt and baretta are privately owned. you may be starring in an ad on instagram. companies will use them with your photos and user name. the advertisers will pay instagram for use of the photos. but not you. and easy bake ovens aren't just for girls anymore. mckenna pope pushed hasbro for a version that's suitable for boys. the black and silver model goes on sale next year. and hasbro will include boys in its packaging and ads. mckenna got the idea watching her younger brother play with the easy bake oven. >> gender equal by. well done, little girl. comfort when words aren't enough. how specially-trained dogs are traveling hundreds of miles to help ease the pain of the newtown community.
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[ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. [ woman ] learn from my story. the storm that battered the western part of washington state also flooded homes and businesses around the puget sound. the tide was so high and pushed water from the sound into houses on day island. boat launches and roads were damaged. and streets were littered with debris. with that, let's look at your morning road conditions on this tuesday. slick at times from seattle to san diego. snow-covered roads in the morn and central rockies. light snow makes nor a slippery commute in northern new england. wet highways from d.c. up to the big apple. if you're playing, airport delays are possible in salt lake city, philadelphia, new york city, boston, minneapolis and los angeles. full board there. >> absolutely. recapping our top story, now.
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of course, the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. three more funerals are expected today, as well as the wake for teacher vicki soto. middle and high school students go back to class today. but students from sandy hook elementary are waiting for their new school to be made ready. >> as for the shooter, a computer taken from adam lanza's home was badly damaged, perhaps by a hammer. but investigators hope to recover information on that hard drive. >> suggesting it really was premeditated if he took the time to do that. also, some healing spirits on four legs have arrived to comfort people in the town of newtown. therapy dog, some that traveled from the midwest, are providing the support a canine only can. >> the handlers said just petting the dogs can help people focus on something else, if only for a few moments. a brief break from this tragic reality. and support is flowing into
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newtown from eighth graders more than 1,000 miles away. students from shreveport, louisiana, wrote letters of hope and encouragement to families impacted by the tragedy. one of the letters read, this tragedy has left a scar on my heart to will take some time to heal. and the uconn huskies tribute to the students of sandy hook elementary. there was a moment of silence before last night's game. they wore a green patch with s.h. the lady huskies will remain on the uniforms of both teams for the remainder of the season. >> support from around the world. so good to see. sticking with sports of a different kind now. with playoff hopes on the line, the jets suffered a disappointing and embarrassing loss monday night. we get more from espn news. >> cassidy hubbarth with your "sportscenter" update. the jets keeping their hopes
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alive on "monday night football." a moment of silence to remember those involved in the shootings in newtown, connecticut. players with s.h.e.s. decals to honor those at sandy hook elementary school. second quarter, titans from their own 6 yard line. let's see what johnson's 94-yard dash looks like. chris johnson, just taking off. outruns everybody for a 94-yard touchdown run, in 10.48 seconds. the longest run in titans' history. third quarter. third and 12 for mark sanchez. he gets the 23-yard touchdown. jets take the 10-7 lead. ensuing drive. titans trying to answer. jake locker on the designed run. gets the score to give the titans the lead, 14-10. fourth quarter, two minutes left. jets down 14-10, on the 23 yard line. and sanchez drops back.
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intercepted. his fourth pick of the game. his fourth game with at least four picks. titans punting, with 53 seconds remaining. and this was a terrible punt. it goes to the 25 yard line. sanchez and the jets with one last chance to win the game. would he take advantage? sanchez, would you? nope. fumbles the snap. sanchez, turnovers this season, the most in the nfl. titans win, 14-10. that was your "sportscenter" update. i'm cassidy hubbarth. have a great day. >> thanks, cassidy. and a milestone for a legendary basketball coach. >> syracuse beat detroit last night, giving jim boeheim his 900th win. he's the third ncaa division i coach to reach that mark. boeheim is 68 years old and 37th year as coach of the orangemen. >> 37 years at one university.
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school now? i don't know. i never worried about it before. i thought, well, here, school is a good place, where my son will be free of the idiot decisions made by his father. >> it feels weird to do a show with so much sadness. and sometimes, that's what needs to happen. i think the president said what needed to be said last night on television. i think he spoke beautifully. i just want the people in connecticut to know that we do not take what you're doing through lightly. and we are thinking about you here a lot, all of us. even though we're at a talk show. >> good to see those guys change the mood a little bit when there is a national tragedy. the last time i remember that was dave letterman during 9/11, when he was supremely emotional. and guided the nation to a time where it felt okay to laugh again. it is a tough job for those guys. >> even at a loss for words. and seeking some kind of comfort. all eyes were on a happy
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couple at the white house. it wasn't the obamas, though. >> a u.s. marine made history by proposing to his boyfriend in the grand foyer after a holiday tour. it is believed to be the first same-sex proposal ever to take place at the white house. captain matthew phelps says his engagement has been well-received by his marine corps peers. >> it's not clear if the president knows about the engagement. the white house declined to comment. >> it's nice in a year that the president came out and supported same-sex marriage. and the holiday spirit lives on. a certain santa claus went to this walmart in south houston and paid off several layaway accounts that were toys only. sandra garza owed over 300 bucks when the store called her to say it was all paid. >> and in north carolina, santa paid off five layaway accounts, handing over $800 on the day before that payment was due. so, we want to say, take that,
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updating our top stories, now. middle and high school students will go back to class today in newtown. but children who attended sandy hook elementary, they are still waiting for their new school to get ready. even staunch gun rights supporters say the newtown tragedy might be the tipping point for stronger gun control. a new abc news poll shows that most americans favor such controls. the pacific northwest is bracing for another storm tomorrow, after high winds sent trees crashing down. one crashes down on a house. looking at today's weather. rain from seattle to southern cal. snow in the cascades, rockies. morning rain in the northeast. and light snow in northern new england. finally from us this morning, the school shooting tragedy in connecticut is
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touching lives, not only here in the northeast. but really across the country. >> the expression of support are even coming in from around the globe. and the response has been incredible. wabc's lucy yang has the story. >> reporter: if it is any comfort, newtown does not suffer alone. look at this flower shop. they have received orders for bouquets from around the world. >> we got some from germany. we got some from new britain. where else? california. florida. kansas. any place you can think of, we've gotten a call. >> reporter: at the post office, so many letters and notes have come in. a special box has been set up for a mountain of notes for the families. the firehouse which was the emotional epicenter for parents looking for their children on that morning, received 26
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breathes from a christmas farm in oregon. mike made simple crosses for each victim. and delivered them today. >> nobody can stop the pain of what these people are going through. it's a tragedy beyond comprehension. >> reporter: and there's the local watering hole. the newtown general store. the manager got a call this morning from a stranger offering to buy coffee from anybody who needed some warm comfort. a kind gesture poured out into 100 cups. >> everybody was here crying. you know, people from the town. it was very kind. >> reporter: we found the donor, tom calveanagh, in los angeles. it prompted him to act. >> after the last funeral, they may break apart. there's things about their lives that will never be the same. a cup of coffee goes a long ways. >> it can be the simple things sometimes. >> the light shines brightest in the darkness


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